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Another energy meeting - this time in Washington

Adelina Marini, April 24, 2009

Another energy conference will take place in the next few days. The Major economies forum will gather in Washington on the 27th and the 28th of April with main topics energy and climate. The meeting is organised by president Barack Obama to facilitate dialogue among key developed and developing countries as well as to achieve an agreement on the UN climate change conference which will take place in Copenhagen in December. The European Commission will send Joao Vale de Almeida, chief of cabinet of president Jose Manuel Durao Baroso, the general director for environment in the European Commission Karl-Friedrich Valkenberg and other representatives. Instead, the president of the Commission is in Sofia for the energy summit, organised by president Georghi Parvanov.

The meeting in Washington is the first of three sessions, which will prepare the summit of the Major economies forum in Italy, related to this year G8 summit. The main discussions will focus on policies that could serve as serious catalyst for the transition to low carbon economy.

The Major economies forum unites 17 of the world's largest economies which together are responsible for 80 % of the greenhouse emissions. The meeting will indeed focus on the fight against climate change in which the new presidential administration in Washington wants actively to participate.